Suspenders

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Suspenders are a clothing accessory. In British English, suspenders (called garters in North America) are small straps or bands that hold up socks or stockings. In US English, suspenders (called braces in Great Britain and sometimes in North America) are elastic straps, run over the shoulders, that hold up trousers or a skirt. Braces were at one time worn almost universally, due to the higher cut of late 19th and early 20th-century trousers which made wearing a belt less effective since it could not rest on the hips. Elasticated (and better-fitting?) garments may also play a part. However, many business people and lawyers still wear suspenders, whether for image or comfort, and they are regarded as fashionable by some. Andre 3000 of OutKast is famous for wearing them.

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  • US323416 (http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=323416.WKU.&OS=PN/323416&RS=PN/323416) -- Suspenders -- G. C. Hale
  • US121992 (http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=121992.WKU.&OS=PN/121992&RS=PN/121992) -- Improvement in adjustable and detachable straps for garments -- M. Twain
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